About Brighton Lions Housing
In 1961 ten years after its formation, Brighton Lions Club purchased a house in Beaconsfield Villas and converted it into five flats. These flats were to house elderly people with limited means from the Brighton area. Impressed with the concept of the Lions Club and its housing vision, an anonymous donor gave £15,000 to the club to build a block of flats in order to help more Brightonians. This anonymous donation enabled the first block of 12 flats to be built in Manor Way Brighton, on land leased from the council. The block was opened by the Mayor of Brighton in 1968.
In 1972 the Club decided that management of the properties would best be handled by a separate limited company and Brighton Lions Housing Society Ltd was established, although it was and still remains an integral part of the Club.
During this same year the original house in Beaconsfield Villas was sold and a mortgage secured to build a further 18 flats adjacent to the 12. These two blocks together are known as Lions court.
A few years later in 1976 the Society had the opportunity to buy a large and well laid out garden of a house in Withdean Avenue, on the understanding it was to be developed as more housing for elderly people. A year later this development know as Lions Gardens, consisting of 6 bungalows was opened by the then President of Lions International.
The Housing society was left a property in Wilbury Avenue by a Mr Edwards in 1987, this property was in need of modernising throughout and as part of this work the property was also extended to give 5 flats in total and two garages. This property was not given a Lion title and remained as Wilbury Avenue.
As the years progressed the members actively investigated further building and growth opportunities, with the huge rise in property prices in the 1980’s this proved difficult until 1992 when the opportunity arose to purchase a partially completed block of flats at 11 The Deneway. The block was re planned internally to incorporate a lounge for the Lions Club members, a doctor’s surgery and a management office for the housing society. This development was completed by September 1993 with the surgery opening at the end of this year.
It was 10 years later that the latest and largest of the Housing Societies developments was opened. In May 2004 Lions Gate was opened by Dr T S Lee International Lion President. Lions Gate is made up of 43 1 and 2 bed flats.
Brighton Lions Housing Society currently has 111 Flats and 6 Bungalow’s in the Brighton and Hove area. The housing provided is unassisted living; residents live completely independently within their homes. There are no onsite staff.